September 10, 2013
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J. Res. 59) to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013.
The legislation continues funding for government programs and services at the current, post sequestration annual rate until December 15, 2013. This rate of funding will remain in place for the length of the continuing resolution, or until Congress approves the annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2014.
Chairman Rogers gave the following statement on the introduction of the CR:
“The Continuing Resolution introduced today is simply a temporary measure to keep the lights on in government until this Congress can fulfill its duty by approving Appropriations bills for the next fiscal year. This bill is free of controversial riders, maintains current funding levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.
“This is not the preferred way of doing the nation’s financial work – this Congress can and should be passing regular Appropriations bills that reflect the country’s changing fiscal needs and realities. However, given the late date, a Continuing Resolution is necessary to stop a government-wide shut down that would halt critical government programs and services, destabilize our economy, and put the safety and well-being of our citizens at risk.
“Our country desperately needs a long-term budget solution that ends the draconian cuts put into place by sequestration, and that provides for a responsible, sustainable, and attainable federal budget. It is my hope that this stopgap legislation will provide time for all sides to come together to reach this essential goal.”
Continuing Resolution Summary:
Length and Level of Funding – The CR extends funding for operations for all federal agencies, programs and services until December 15, 2013. The bill provides funding at a rate of $986.3 billion – slightly below the current, post-sequestration level.
General Items – Virtually all policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted Appropriations legislation will carry forward in the CR. The bill does not include new or controversial riders, or changes in existing federal policy.
However, some changes to current law are needed to prevent catastrophic, irreversible, or detrimental impacts on government programs, or to ensure good government and program oversight. These provisions are funded within the total level of funding in the legislation. Some of these provisions include:
- A provision allowing funding flexibility for Customs and Border Protection to maintain current staffing levels and border security operations, and to sustain Immigration and Customs Enforcement staffing and immigration activities.
- A provision allowing additional funding for the Department of Interior and the Forest Service for wildfire suppression efforts.
- A provision allowing additional funding for the Veterans Benefits Administration for disability claims processing.
- A provision continuing funding for pandemic flu preparedness and chemical or biological attack response efforts.
- A provision allowing funding flexibility to maintain weather satellite programs, ensuring the continuation of data for weather warnings and forecasts, including forecasts of severe weather events.
For the full text of the legislation, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20130909/BILLS-113-HJRes59ih.pdf